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2007: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Architecture
A project of web platform for the architects was something that David Basulto and David Assael discussed when they were studying in their career. They noticed that there was a good time for architecture in Chile, but the rest of the world didn't. The business started publishing works of architects that they knew personally, expanding to Argentina in 2008.
In that same year, they were the fourth page of architecture at the level of visits, but they wanted to reach the first place. David Basulto started working with his partner to publish content in English. They named the site that would remain until today: Archdaily.
A year later they became the most read site in the world.
The architects' need to know how similar prior works have been done is the core-business of Archdaily'. They help managers to publish their works online. David Basulto also manages a team responsible for processing and translating the site's information.
The company has expanded quickly. As mentioned, in 2008 they published their version in English. Three years later, they published a Portuguese version for the Brazilian market. In 2012 they opened operations for Mexico. They have also expanded to the Chinese market.
David Basulto's company has not required external help to expand. They haven't needed external capital to become the giants that they are today, their success has been thanks to a sensible economic plan that has always guaranteed them a profit, which they invest back to the same company.
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David Basulto has given several lectures at prestigious universities around the world, such as Harvard, Tsinghua University (in Beijing), the TEC of Monterrey, the Center for Architecture, and the Annual Convention of the American Institute of Architects. He has also worked as a curator and editor for exhibitions and architect magazines, as well as working as a jury for design competitions and for architecture awards. David Basulto was the curator of the Nordic Countries Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
In 2013, David Basulto and Archdaily received the national award for innovation from the Chilean government.